'Laying Down the Law' - Youth Worker Training

Laying Down the Law is the Youth Advocacy Centre's legal training course for youth workers.

About Laying Down the Law

Our Laying Down the Law (LDL) training package is specially designed for those who are working or volunteering in youth work in Queensland.

The course will educate you on the most important laws affecting youth workers and what your responsibilities are.

The training also provides participants with a decision making framework that will allow you to make decisions that are child centered, human rights compliant, and consistent with the law.

Best of all the program is interactive, including example scenarios, and questions are welcome.

In-person or online

For those who prefer online delivery, or would like to complete the course in their own time, the program is now also available in an online format.

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Topics covered in Laying Down the Law

YAC delivers a 2 day training package which covers:

  • a framework for decision making which is cognisant of the law and is child centred and human rights compliant
  • Confidentiality
  • Negligence
  • Child Protection
  • Police Powers
  • Childrens Court
  • Being a support person at Police interviews
Our 2 day course will help you understand how the law works so you are better able to work with young people, especially those involved in the child protection or youth justice systems. Previous participants should note that the training is continuously updated to take account of changes in the law.
Since early 2014 there have been a lot of significant changes to the laws relevant to youth work, in particular Education, Policing, Child Protection and Youth Justice.


Starting prices are for 15 attendees or less.

Course length Cost Additional learner cost
1/2 day course $1,815.00 $65.00
1 day course $3,375.00 $100.00
2 day course $5,525.00 $150.00
Online course $150.00 per person (group pricing available)

*Additional learner cost applies for each participants over the first 15.
**A travel or accommodation fee may apply for 2 day courses outside of Brisbane.

What our attendees think:

"Informative and interactive."

"Clear, relevant info that is helpful for practice. The case studies were great."

"Great presenters who were knowledgeable and well considered in responses. Good content and lots of info"

Laying Down the Law online training

The online version of Laying Down the Law is delivered in 5 modules in an interactive and informational format.

Right now YAC is running a special introductory offer of $150/user for access to the course.

Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more - contact elearn@yac.net.au for more information.

In-person training delivery & bookings

Content & Timing

The package can be tailored in time and content to meet the needs of particular workers.


There is a cost involved, particularly if travel out of Brisbane is required, and will depend on number of attendees and other factors.


To request a booking, please complete the below booking form and return to admin@yac.net.au

Otherwise you can contact us at admin@yac.net.au or call us on (07) 3356 1002.

Please keep an eye here for upcoming training opportunities or contact us to find out if we are coming to a location near you or you would like to arrange training for your staff or workers in your area.
YAC Advocating Since 1981

Over 40 years of youth support

YAC has over 40 years experience in advocacy, legal, and social support for young people.

The Youth Advocacy Centre opened its doors in June 1981 to create a service for children caught up in Queensland's youth justice system.

Contact YAC

Street address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

Mailing address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

Tel: (07) 3356 1002

Bussiness hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

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